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EVENT: Kuniko Yamamoto - Schools ”Ēn Stage

03/18/2018 - 03/19/2018

Kuniko Yamamoto tells Japanese stories and folk tales using music, masks, and mime in a program that explores themes of diversity and global awareness. This exhibition is supported through JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The event takes place on March 18 and 19, at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts,  1 College Drive, Toms River, NJ 08754.

[Photo © Jon LeClair]

PERFORMANCE: Distant Observer: Tokyo/New York Correspondence / New York, NY

03/16/2018 - 04/01/2018

Distant Observer: Tokyo/New York Correspondence is a collaboration between Japanese playwright/director Takeshi Kawamura and American playwright/director John Jesurun. Written in corresponding chapters by each playwright, it combines two established artists of the same generation, both with distinct voices and significant work, in a deep creative conversation across cultures. This event is supported by the Performing Arts JAPAN program.

The performance takes place from March 16 to April 1 at La MaMa's Ellen Stewart Theatre, 66 E 4th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY.

[Photo by Paula Court]

EXHIBITION: A Colossal World: Japanese Artists and New New York, 1950s - Present / New York, NY

03/06/2018 - 04/14/2018

Curated by Kyoko Sato, this exhibition aims to show the cultural contributions and enduring influence of Japanese artists who have immigrated to New York City to pursue their careers. This exhibition is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The exhibition is on view from March 6 to April 14 at WhiteBox, 329 Broome Street, New York, NY.

[Image: Masaaki Sato, Subway No. 24, 1978. Serigraph. 17 x 23 in. (43.2 x 58.4 cm) ]

EXHIBITION: Excavating the Future City: Photographs by Naoya Hatakeyama / Minneapolis, MN

03/04/2018 - 07/22/2018

Naoya Hatekayama's photographic explorations have consistently traced the ways that human intervention alters nature and transforms it into the built environment. The artist's first thematic exhibition organized by a U.S. museum features approximately 90 works created over the last 30 years. This exhibition is supported through Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

The exhibition is on view from March 4 to July 22 at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404.

[Image: 05/02/2011 - Takatachô-Morinomae, from Rikuzentakata, 2011. Chromogenic print
17.48 x 21.65 inch (print); 20 x 24 inch (paper). Minneapolis Institute of Art]

FILM: New York International Children”Ēs Film Festival 2018 / New York, NY

02/23/2018 - 03/18/2018

The New York International Children's Film Festival has an outstanding lineup this year, including a wonderful array of films from Japan. For the opening night, they will show Lu Over the Wall, a story of a gloomy middle school student named Kai whose life changes after meeting Lu, a mermaid. They will also screen Horus, Prince of the Sun, a mythical tale from famed Studio Ghibli. This festival is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The film festival takes place from February 23 to March 18 at various venues. For the complete lineup and tickets, please visit NYICFF's website.

EXHIBITION: Hello from Japan! / New York, NY

02/02/2018 - 05/16/2018

Back by popular demand, this interactive traveling exhibit which has garnered great attention and praise during its 2016 run at the museum, transports families to two distinct areas of Tokyo that exist side by side: one serene and exquisite, the other too cute for words. This exhibition is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

The exhibition is on view from February 2 to May 16 at the Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 West 83rd Street, New York, NY.

[Photo by Emily Munro]

PERFORMANCE: Yamato: The Drummers of Japan - US Tour / Various cities

01/18/2018 - 03/19/2018

The acclaimed taiko drumming troupe Yamato will tour various cities in the United States this winter. With their mesmerizing and rhythmic sounds, Yamato brings new life to contemporary taiko drumming that stirs the hearts of people everywhere. This tour is supported by the Grant Program for Dispatching Artists and Cultural Specialists.

For a full tour schedule, please click here.

[Photo courtesy of the artists]

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